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Assumption Cathedral

Attractions

Through an arch facing the Oriental, a tree-lined piazza links a Catholic mission with this red brick cathedral. Built in 1910, it has twin towers and a...

23 Charoen Krung Soi 4
Free

Chao Mae Tubtim Shrine

Critics' choice
Attractions

Thais worship for fertility or prosperity at this canalside shrine to the female deity Chao Mae Tubtim. They offer palad khik (animist phallic totems) in...

Soi Nai Lert
Free

Chinatown Heritage Centre & Golden Buddha

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

The famous solid gold Buddha image has been moved from a drab hall into the soaring spire of a marble mondop (artefact tower) that is so glaringly white you...

Wat Traimit
FreeMajor venue

Erawan Shrine

Critics' choice
Attractions

Thais seamlessly fuse modernity with spirit beliefs. This ability is encapsulated at the frenetic, smoky Hindu shrine to Brahma, erected in 1956 to appease...

At Erawan mall
FreeMajor venue

Golden Mount & Wat Saket

Attractions

Assembled from canal diggings, the Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong) was intended by Rama III to be clad as a giant chedi. Proving unstable, the rubble was...

344 Chakkraphatdiphong
FreeMajor venue

Holy Rosary Church

Attractions

Beside River City antiques mall, stands a spired Gothic confection built in 1787 on land given to the Portuguese for helping to fight the Burmese. Its...

Thanon Yotha
Free

Leng Noi Yee (Wat Mangkorn)

Critics' choice
Attractions

Set behind an imposing multi-tiered entrance, the 'Dragon Flower Temple' (aka Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat) is Chinatown's first and biggest. Several sermon halls...

Thanon Charoen Krung
FreeMajor venue

Maha Uma Devi

Critics' choice
Attractions

Founded in the 1860s by resident Tamils, this teeming Hindu temple is dubbed Wat Khaek ('guest temple'). Thais and Chinese, too, make offerings to Uma Devi...

2 Thanon Pan
FreeMajor venue

Poh Teck Tung

Attractions

The shrine of a charity foundation that collects accident victims and conducts funerals for unclaimed corpses. Dealers in funerary paraphernalia gather...

326 Thanon Chao Khamrob
Free

San Jao Sien Khong

Critics' choice
Attractions

Behind Riverview Guesthouse, this 200-year-old riverbank shrine comes alive during the Vegetarian Festival (Oct), when it stages Chinese opera and...

Soi Wanit 2
Free

Santa Cruz Church

Attractions

Descendants still remain of the Portuguese Catholics who built this church and convent, known as 'Wat Kudee Jeen'. Often rebuilt since King Taksin donated...

Soi Kudi Jeen
Free

Sri Guru Singh Sabha

Attractions

Sikh community life revolves around their principal temple, a four-storey tower topped by gilded onion domes. Vendors skirting the base sell garlands,...

Thanon Pahurat
Free

Wat Arun

Attractions

Seen on the TAT logo and B10 coin, this five-spired landmark has been known as the 'Temple of Dawn' ever since the soon-to-be King Taksin landed by the then...

34 Thanon Arun Amarin
Major venue

Wat Benchamabophit

Critics' choice
Attractions

Clad in Italian Carrara marble, the 'marble temple' is a well-proportioned meld of East and West by Italian Hercules Manfredi. It was commissioned in 1899...

69 Thanon Rama V
Major venue

Wat Bowoniwet

Critics' choice
Attractions

Home to the city's second Buddhist university and the Supreme Patriarch (leader) of Thai Buddhism, this wat becomes a major focus on Buddhist holidays....

248 Thanon Phra Sumen
FreeMajor venue
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